New Jersey native Matt Mowers will return to his home state on September 27 to raise money for his bid to represent New Hampshire in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Former Gov. Chris Christie will headline the event at Nanina’s In The Park in Belleville.
Mowers is seeking a rematch with Rep. Christopher Pappas. Mowers held Pappas to a 51%-46% win in 2020 in New Hampshire’s 1st district. Joe Biden won the district by a 52%-46% margin. He raised $182,320 from New Jersey donors in 2020. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, were among Mowers’ largest donors; each contributed $5,600.
Chairs of the event include Christie’s former chief of staff, Richard Bagger, Christie political consultant Michael DuHaime, former Commissioner of Transportation Roger Bodman, Republican National Committeeman Bill Palatucci, and GOP fundraisers Jerry Langer and Jon Hanson. Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick is also on the invitation, as well as biotech entrepreneur John Crowley.
Money raised at the event will go to the Mowers Victory Fund, which is a joint fundraising committee set up by Mowers for Congress and the Live Free or Die PAC.
A former Christie aide, he moved to New Hampshire after Christie’s 2013 re-election to become the executive director of the state Republican party. He later ran Christie’s New Hampshire presidential primary campaign.
Following Christie’s defeat, Mowers became the National Field Coordinator & Battle Ground States Director for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Mowers served as the U.S. Department of State as a senior White House advisor and as chief of staff and chief policy officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.
He began his political career as a teenager working for State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest).